Maori land potential highlighted

FORESTRY

Unlocking the potential of Maori agricultural and forestry freehold land could add $3.5 billion to the economy.

Traditionals the mainstay

Apart from the muscular texel, where are the exotic breeds now? asks former scientist Dr Clive Dalton.

OPINION: Claims that exotic breeds have saved the sheep industry are exaggerated and widely inaccurate .

Genetic leap offers hope

The bull semen extraction process at the Awahuri centre.

NZ may export dairy genetics that will enable cattle to tolerate high tropical temperatures - and climate change.

Cow illness mystery remains

MEGA DAIRY: Cows on a big dairy farm in the US.

Dairy NZ still has no definite answers on what made some cows sick after eating swedes.

Science key to credibility

INNOVATIVE: Federated Farmers needs to become more evidence-based, says chief executive Graham Smith.

New Fed Farmers CEO has had a few months to settle in and talks about plans for the lobby group's future.

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opinion

Fonterra's in tight corner

Fonterra dairy factory

OPINION: Fonterra's advance monthly payments to its suppliers this spring went unusually close to breaching its end-of-year payout forecast.

Heavy-handed approach

OPINION: A "cock up" in the prosecution of South Waikato farmer Bas Nelis paints the Waikato Regional Council in a terrible light.

Last chance for tarnished silver

Still money in small farms

dairy

Cow illness mystery remains

MEGA DAIRY: Cows on a big dairy farm in the US.

Dairy NZ still has no definite answers on what made some Southland cows sick after eating swedes earlier this year.

The milk doesn’t stop

It may be Christmas, but it was business as usual for the shift workers at Fonterra's Te Rapa factory.

The bull semen extraction process at the Awahuri centre.

Genetic leap offers hope

LIC may soon be exporting dairy genetics that will enable cattle to tolerate high tropical temperatures - and climate change.

beef

McDonald's better beef aim

McDonald's burger.

McDonald's is on a mission to show how sustainable the beef that goes into its hamburgers really is.

Macca's beefing up burger image

McDonald's is on a mission to show its customers how sustainable the NZ beef that goes into its hamburgers really is.

Julian and Fiona Downs, Rannoch Meats owners and red devon farmers at Greytown.

Red beef by word of mouth

Red devon meat sold to Wellington diners provides a handy income for a small Wairarapa block.

Sheep

Traditional breeds the mainstay

Apart from the muscular texel, where are the exotic breeds now? asks former scientist Dr Clive Dalton.

OPINION: Claims that exotic breeds have saved the sheep industry are exaggerated and widely inaccurate .

Wool deal coup

Dipton farming family celebrate after signing potentially unique deal in NZ with Japanese wool buyer.

22 stolen sheep were packed into a van.

22 stolen sheep found in van

Police say the animals packed like "sardines" into a van they stopped this morning.

cropping

Mood Indigo to lift crops

A fresh crop of garlic

CropLogic buys monitoring company to better help farmers predict and maximise crop yields.

Food bargains abound

Tomatoes are at their lowest prices for 12 years, while prices also fell for many other items.

FAMILY AFFAIR: Ariana Holland, 16, top right and her sisters Maddi, 14 and Kyla, 11 at their parents business Tasman Bay Berries.

A berry Christmas hoped for

Berry growers are hopeful for a good season, and say all going well there should be plenty of berries available for Christmas dinners.

agribusiness

Maori freehold land potential highlighted

FORESTRY

Unlocking the potential of Maori agricultural and forestry freehold land could add $3.5 billion to the economy.

Nats under fire after farmer's fine

Pressure on National MPs to make changes to the RMA following prosecution of a Waikato farmer's company.

INNOVATIVE: Federated Farmers needs to become more evidence-based, says chief executive Graham Smith.

Science key to credibility

New Federated Farmers chief executive has had a few months to settle in and talks about plans for the lobby group's future.

Discovery

Rummaging in rumens

AgResearch rumen scientist Dr Sandra Kittelmann.

What's really in a rumen? It's probably something that most people haven't given much thought to.

Zeroing in on low-N plants

Could plants be used to reduce nitrification rates in soils and hence reduce nitrate leaching and emissions of nitrous oxide?

Methane producers: Livestock are a major source of greenhouse gases.

Hard work targets emissions

Gases generated per unit of meat or milk produced on NZ farms has declined on average by about 1 per cent since at least 1990.

rural women

Forum inspires green ambitions

FARMING TALK: Taranaki's Ruth Prankerd, left, talks dairy farming and the environment with fellow farmer Nicki Webster, of Canterbury, during the visit to Parliament by the DairyNZ environmental leaders forum.

Attending an environmental forum has set a Taranaki woman on a path to remind people caring for the environment is everyone's responsibility.

Helping with leadership

A desire to help other women reach their potential motivates a vet to join a programme to develop her leadership skills.

Alliance director Dawn Sangster at the Lorneville meat plant in Invercargill.

Links with women strengthened

Alliance meat processor sees women as key on-farm decision-makers and wants to improve their understanding of the co-operative.

Video

Christmas shopping rush sees record spending

Kiwis have spent up large over the last two days before Christmas, resulting in record levels of EFTPOS sales across the country.

advice

Warning over invasive weed

A flowering seed head of Yellow Bristle Grass.

Taranaki farmers are being urged to be on watch for the invasive weed called yellow bristle grass as summer arrives.

20+ tips for hatching chicks

There are pros and cons to having broody hens do the work of incubation for you, even though their aim in life is to hatch out chicks.

OFFER HELP: Te Pahu farmer Chris Bryant broke through depression by taking on a hobby.

Help on offer for depressed farmers

Do not isolate yourself and cling on to hope.

aquaculture

Voyage from frozen to fresh

MISSION: Sanford’s chief executive, Volker Kuntzsch, wants to add traceability to the fresh fish market.

It sounds counter-intuitive but New Zealand's biggest seafood company is realising that adding value to fish is simple.

Baby snapper 'not good look'

They're legal but should baby snapper be the fare of international fish markets?

Greenshell Mussel processing at Kono Seafoods in Blenheim

Asia 'can't get enough of our mussels'

New Zealand greenshell mussels are proving a hit in emerging Asian economies and fuelling export growth, Aquaculture New Zealand chief executive Gary Hooper says.